Grandparents Day in Memphis
Something magical happens when parents turn into grandparents. My parents received their grandparent's status in my early twenties, about the same time my mother gifted her parents with their grandparent's gift..Me. I don't know how ready my parents were, but they were young, healthy, and up for this new role.
I spent time with both of my paternal and maternal grandparents growing up. They lived in Memphis and Mississippi, so my time was limited to short vacations. Watching my mother as a grandmother was something to see, and to take note of. She loved her grandsons so much and it showed until her transition to heaven.
Sometimes our grandmas and grandpas become grand-angels. I'm Blessed to have my maternal grandmother still with us at the age of 97 years old. Our Big Moma is a beautiful, loving, and caring woman. A Praying Grandmother. A mother of Twelve children and a host of grand, great-grand, and great greatgrandchildren. Yes, her legacy goes five generations deep. She has beautiful silver hair and a heart pure as gold. Distance and other circumstances keep me from seeing her as much as I wished I could but I try to make some type of connection whenever and however I can. No matter when I see or talk to her, Grandma always make me feel she had been waiting just for me. I know the love that is shared between my grandmother and I, but it's true what they say about, You never know the love of a grandparent until you become one.
There are no words to describe the happiness in holding your baby’s baby.
When a child is born, so are grandmothers. I now understand the actions from my mother, and her mother and other grandmothers about their grandchildren. The love that I feel for my grandchild will have me doing things that I didn't think I could or would be able to do. I pray we will have the bond and love we have forever.
A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. I am so blessed to be able to add Grandmother or Nana to my Status.
It's been said that people in the Midwest celebrate many Hallmark holidays. Dates or Occasions that others may not recognize or even know exist. Well, I'm a True Midwestern when it comes to holidays. I will take Any excuse to Celebrate anything. Yes, I am always ready. This corona pandemic almost stopped me from spending time with my grandmother on Grandparents Day.
What is Grandparents Day: National Grandparents Day is a secular holiday celebrated in various countries, It is celebrated to show the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.
When is it: Congress passed the legislation, proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent’s Day. On August 3, 1978, Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation, and the day was finally celebrated the following year.
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, since 1979.
While we honor our grandparents every day, this is a day to take an extra moment to appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives.
Marian McQuade was recognized nationally by the U.S. Senate and by President Jimmy Carter as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade wanted to educate youth about the importance of seniors and the contributions they have made throughout history. She urged youth to learn more about the lives of our seniors, the challenges, and desires for the future.
I am so grateful for the safe trip I took to Memphis to spend some special time with my grandmother for Grandparents Day. It was truly a Blessing for us both.
I like a quote from Bryna Nelson Paston that says,
”Truth be told, being a grandma is as close as we ever get to perfection. The ultimate warm sticky bun with plump raisins and nuts. Clouds nine, ten, and eleven.”
A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.
If you’re fortunate enough to still have grandparents, or that grandparent figure in your life, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can. Make and Cherish your time and memories.
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